Digital Fortress : A Thriller
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When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage--not by guns or bombs -- but by a code so complex that if released would cripple U.S. intelligence. Caught in an accelerating tempest of secrecy and lies, Fletcher battles to save the agency she believes in. Betrayed on all sides, she finds herself fighting not only for her country but for her life, and in the end, for the life of the man she loves.
Excerpt from a review by bbum:
"Digital Fortress is just too technically moronic. In particular, the stupidity is at the center of the plot.
How stupid? Passwords in the NSA are only 5 letters… and never have spaces in them but are still super-secure. The NSA uses FTP as a secure means of transferring files. The NSA uses wireless keyboards and allows employees to come and go with equipment at will. Random computer viruses will infect custom system architectures and OSes that exist nowhere else in the world. All of this while portraying the NSA as the most advanced computing center in the world. It was so poorly done that even my Mom saw through it (she is not technically inclined)."
I also read two pages from the very beginning of the book, reproduced at hanzismatter.com:
Painful Excerpt from Dan Brown's Digital Fortress
Based on this evidence, I don't think I can read a book which probably will make me bang my head against the desk every few minutes... I have a degree in computer science, I don't think I can ignore all the mistakes. Instead, I'm giving this book to a friend who's very knowledgeable technically. *evil grin*
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